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Although I have admired her salon for many years, I only met Arminé last year when she designed the custom wedding gown for my client Shamicka Lawrence (wife of Martin Lawrence). An astute sophisticated woman with great personal style and impeccable taste commands the attention of women with discerning taste all over the ‘City of Angels.’ Needless to say, I was thrilled and uber-excited when she agreed to share her gifts with our brides on I Do Over. After a grueling production schedule and some time to get back in my own zone—I had a chance to sit down with Arminé and relive some of the fun and a bit of the stress from making dreams come true in only 5 days!
DV: What was your experience like working with our brides on I Do Over?
Arminé: My experience with all three brides was very fulfilling, yet challenging. Since all three women had experienced a wedding disaster, we committed so much time and extra effort to ensure perfection the second time around. Each bride received a custom designed dress to fit their personality, venue and most importantly their dreams of the perfect dress. With all three brides, you will see three distinctively different gowns all with the Armine’ touch but designed specifically for them. It was great pleasure to witness the smiles on their faces; priceless!
DV: I have always been a big proponent of a woman wearing the color that makes her glow on her wedding day instead of defaulting to white. What are your feelings about colored wedding dresses?
Arminé: I absolutely love colored wedding dresses and as an artist, I admire the personality that comes alive whenever a bride discovers an untraditional but perfect color for her dream gown. I feel that the color of a dress reflects each bride’s personality; bringing dimension and character. My love affair with wedding gowns began at the age of three as I stared mesmerized at my Aunt at her wedding. She floated down the aisle in a gorgeous soft blue gown and I instantly fell in love.
DV: We saw a few disasters on I Do Over that involved wedding attire. In fact you designed the gown for Dana Santini—our premiere episode after her bridesmaids dresses never showed up and her girls walked down the aisle in the groomsmens’ tuxedo shirts. What tips can you offer a bride to avoid her own wedding gown disaster?
Arminé: When shopping for your bridal gown, I advise all brides to make sure they are choosing a salon that understands their needs, style and ultimately works within their budget. A woman’s wedding gown will be one of the most if not the most important purchase in the planning process and an unreliable source can cause immense stress and as we saw—a lifetime of bad memories.
DV: You have quietly built a national reputation for exquisite design while tucked away in Studio City. What inspires you the most when designing a gown?
Arminé: When I am working with a bride, her personality, personal style and venue tend to drive the creative process. However, I also always ask questions about her partner. All aspects of the wedding starting with the dress needs to represent both the bride and groom. When I’m working on a new collection I get my inspiration from music and art. I also love draping using a mixture of different fabrics to create texture and dimension.
DV: If you could design a wedding gown for 5 women—dead or alive—who would they be and why?
Arminé: Blake Lively because she is a gorgeous, young woman who has already established herself as a ‘Fashionista’ and has a special aura to her.
Gwen Stefani has a simple boldness about her. She can go out without make up other than red lipstick and look fierce.
Halle Berry has such a strong yet elegant style. She always knows how to dress appropriately and never lets her audience down.
Marion Cotillard’s timeless beauty and style amazes me. She is elegant and classy. She is fierce yet charming and I would love to see her in my designs.
Audrey Hepburn, because I was obsessed with her after watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as a child.
DV: Your personal style is so sophisticated and tailored. Do you have any personal fashion icons? If so, who and why?
Arminé: My fashion icons are Coco Chanel, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier. Chanel for its timeless classic looks while the other three, amaze me by their choice of color, structure, fabric choices and design elements.
DV: What’s next for Arminé and R-Mine Bridal?
Arminé: For years R-mine was known for carrying high-end designer bridal gowns next to my own designs. As much as I love and respect all of the designers that I worked with, I’ve decided it’s time to change R-mine’s image to a specialized couture boutique. I am working on a new bridal and evening collection. Each dress is hand made in our studio offering our client’s a personalized shopping experience and a custom fitted gown.
My clients can choose from our collection of gowns, opt for personalized elements when we fabricate one of our collection gowns for them, or I can work with them personally to design something that is one of a kind.
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And of course, don’t forget to tune in to the premiere episode of I Do Over on Sunday, November 13th at 10pm on WEtv for a glimpse of the custom gown that Arminé designed for Dana Santini!
So do share, what is the worse wedding disaster you have heard of that involved dresses? Join the Diann Valentine family and share it with us all!
Keep spreading the love,